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bookshelf snoopery

bookshelf snoopery
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Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf
- Emilia Clarke

i am completely—and unapologetically—someone who delights in exploring the rich and opulent vistas of a bookshelf. handy for seeking out titles that interest me enough to look a little further into their substance.

show me an article / blog post / instagram reel / pin / room in someone's home that has bookshelves in it and one of the first things i’ll do is get closer to gleefully peruse the books that are on display.

rocks and seaweed © leonie wise
seaweed pearls, waiheke island. fuji x-t3

a few recent online discoveries //

  • A post by Òr skye on instagram led me to Seaweed : Foraging, Collecting, Pressing by Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird. I've used up the last remaining $ of a gift voucher and ordered this today. I can't wait to dive into it.
  • An online book review, and subsequent conversation with a friend led me to The Axeman’s Carnvial by Catherine Chidgey. This I borrowed from the library and really enjoyed. Written from the perspective of a magpie that is rescued and lives inside the farmer's house. One of my sisters, when she first started farming, tended for a young magpie and, though the story is quite different from anything in her experience, I thought of her as I read this book.
  • Another instagram post led me to the poetry of MAIA and her self-published book called When the Waves Come
  • A bookshelf in an article about small cabins reminded me that it’s a long time since i’ve read The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  • On another shelf, in an article entitled ‘How to Read More’, there was a stack of books i’ve already read that i’d like to read again… like The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
  • And finally, on a blogger’s list of favourite books for the year, i discovered shelves laden with many of the same books i’ve hosted on my own. so i am confident that i will also enjoy reading their recommendations of Severance by Ling Ma, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

are you also a snooper?

what’s something you’ve discovered using this method that you might not have found otherwise?